Safari & Sunshine – The Perfect Kruger Park & Mozambique Escape

A little bit of the bush AND time at the beach? Is there a more iconic, more enjoyable, or more memorable African adventure to be had?

Probably not, if being out in nature and soaking up those warm African sun rays is the sort of holiday you dream about having. 

Combining a Kruger Park safari with a rustic Mozambique tour gives you the chance to enjoy the fascinating wonders of the African bush before blissfully melting away your worries on a tropical paradise – all in one unforgettable trip.

Suppose you are dreaming of an African adventure that combines the heart-pounding excitement of a safari with the blissful feeling that can only come from a little beach relaxation. In that case, we have just the guide for you, one that fuses the enduring happiness of wildlife encounters with the serenity of idyllic turquoise waters and the sounds of swaying palm trees. 

When you plan on having a trip to Africa that includes both a genuine bushveld safari experience and time on Mozambique’s picturesque coast, complete with its swaying palm trees and secluded beaches, you need to know how to plan your itinerary just right, so that you not only get to enjoy the full experience, but so that you can also be comfortable, have enough time to do and see it all, and to ensure that you pack everything you need. 

In this blog, we’ll be getting into every detail you need to know to plan the ultimate Kruger and Mozambique adventure, from getting through park entrances to choosing the perfect beach paradise.

Elephant sighting during a Kruger Park Safari

A Tale of Neighbouring Two Worlds

Although worlds apart, at least in terms of just how incredibly different these two destinations are, the Kruger and Mozambique are ideal for a packaged holiday. These two spectacular destinations are only a few hours’ drive from one another, meaning you can be driving through the Kruger on one day, keeping an eye out for the magnificent Big 5 and the next day be on the beach, soaking up that tropical vibe. 

Both destinations have a lot for the intrepid traveller, so if this is the only trip you are planning, and you are worried that you might not get to see and experience the best of what the continent has to offer, don’t worry; the Kruger and Mozambique are the embodiment of Africa. 

Within the confines of the Kruger National Park, which is renowned not only for its wildlife but also for being one of Africa’s oldest conservation efforts, tourists just like you are treated to otherworldly animal sightings as well as picturesque landscapes that are truly iconic. 

The Mozambique coast on the other hand is the complete opposite of the Kruger, in almost every way. While the Kruger has its beautiful hills, mountains and deep valleys, Mozambique is a quintessential coastal country, where just about everything is flat.  

What both of these destinations do have in common is that they are quite easy to move through and you will have an undeniably African feeling regardless of where you go. This is what makes combining the two destinations into one tour ensures a most unforgettable holiday!

Leopard sighting during a game drive

Why go to the Kruger National Park

Well, why not? 

Those who have never been to the Kruger National Park, which is in South Africa, can’t actually imagine what such a life changing experience can feel like. The Kruger is a feeling, one that will stay with you long after you leave.  

The Kruger National Park is world-famous, it attracts all sorts of like-minded travellers, like you, and it is home to some of the most incredible wildlife. All of this makes it a must-visit and one of the best places to have an authentic African safari. 

In the company of experienced guides, who are well-versed in the park’s secrets, you will be taken on one epic adventure, ensuring you get the most out of your safari experience, such as spotting all of the beautiful Big 5.

The Kruger’s excellent infrastructure caters perfectly to first-time safari-goers, by offering comfortable accommodation options and well-maintained roads for game drives. And for those who are travelling as part of a guided safari, accommodation is usually outside of the park, in the nearby village of Hazyview, where luxury rooms and settings are the norm. 

And the best part? 

This wildlife wonderland sits just a stone’s throw away from the idyllic beaches of Mozambique, making it the perfect springboard for a truly unforgettable vacation – a thrilling safari adventure seamlessly followed by pure relaxation in paradise.

The sprawling Kruger National Park has nine entrance gates, each offering unique access points to different areas and wildlife concentrations.

The southern Kruger is generally considered the best place to visit, as it has the widest variety of wildlife, as well as the biggest wildlife populations. The south is also easier to explore because it is closer to more urban areas, including large towns.

A traditional Dhow at Sunset in Mozambique

Why go to Mozambique

Mozambique, although an up and coming African nation, is one of the continent’s best kept secrets and the perfect place to have a blissful beach break. Mozambique has all of the perks and beauty that nearby island nations have to offer, but instead of paying a small fortune for the experience, a Mozambique tour can be done on a budget. 

Spanning some 2 500km of just about untouched East African Coastline, Mozambique trips are generally a combination of inland attractions (including a few wildlife safari destinations) and time spent exploring the archipelagos off the mainland. And of course, no Mozambique tour would be complete without a couple of lazy days spent on the beach. 

Mozambique provides a stark contrast to the Kruger. Here, the pace slows down, inviting you to unwind and reconnect with nature in a completely different way. This seamless combination offers a well-rounded vacation experience, catering to both your adventurous spirit and your desire for pure relaxation. You’ll return home with memories etched in your mind; the heart-pounding excitement of the safari alongside the serenity of a tropical paradise.

Walking Safari Experience

Adding Mozambique or the Kruger to Your Existing Tour Plans

If you have made it this far into our guide, we hope we have done enough to convince you that while you are in this part of Africa, it is absolutely worth adding one or the other destination to your tour itinerary. 

The beauty of this itinerary is not just that you get to see so much during one trip, but also that such a holiday is completely flexible! Even more so if you are travelling with the guidance and assistance of a tour company. 

Here’s how you can add either destination to your existing plans, without much effort:

Adding a Kruger Park Safari to a Mozambique Tour

  • Location: As we’ve said, the Kruger National Park borders Mozambique, making it a natural and easy extension to your beach getaway. When visiting the Kruger as part of your Mozambique tour, stick to exploring the Southern Park. Not only is this area easier to access but it is also an area famous for its sightings. 
  • Logistics: Here’s where having a travel itinerary, one that either includes your Mozambique trip or at the very least leaves open a space for last-minute changes, comes in handy. There are plenty of flights from major Mozambican cities (like Maputo or Pemba) to the Kruger Park’s surrounding airports (Nelspruit or Skukuza). Alternatively, you can explore pre-arranged transfers offered by many tour operators, allowing a hassle-free transition. If you’re flying into Johannesburg and driving to the Kruger, then Kruger Gate or Phabeni Gate will be ideal entry points. As for the best exit gates, Malelane Gate or Crocodile Bridge Gate will have you leaving the park right at Mozambique’s easiest entry point.
  • Duration: To make the most of such a trip, you should consider adding 2-3 days in Kruger for a full safari experience. This allows ample time for game drives and to see the park’s magnificent landscapes.

Adding Mozambique to a Kruger Park Trip

  • Location: A Kruger Park safari can be quite tiring, and there’s no better place to relax then on a beach in Moz. When selecting your location, you can visit Mozambique’s southern coastline near Maputo for easy access (but keep in mind that this is a busy area), or venture further north to Pemba for a more secluded island experience.
  • Logistics: You can look for domestic flights from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to major Mozambican destinations. Alternatively, some tour operators might offer combined itineraries with pre-arranged ground transportation. The border crossing at Komatipoort is the most popular point of entry if you are driving from the Kruger Park into Mozambique. If you are adding a trip to Mozambique to your guided Kruger tour, you can always ask your travel operator to arrange your transport.
  • Duration: Depending on how much relaxation you desire, plan for 3-5 nights in Mozambique. This allows you to soak up the sun, explore the local culture, and participate in various water activities, like going on a Dhow trip.

Need an Insider Tip?

Many travel companies specialise in creating customised itineraries that will perfectly suit your interests and travel style. When planning a trip of this kind, you should look for a reputable travel agency to discuss adding Kruger or Mozambique to your existing plans! They can handle the logistics, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable vacation experience.

Mozambique tour beach experience

Practical Tips for Your Kruger & Mozambique Adventure

These destinations, although both in Africa, are quite different to one another. Not only do the landscapes and experiences differ, but so do the climates, so when planning to visit both during a single trip you must pack the right things. 

These are just a few practical tips to keep in mind:

Packing Essentials

  • For the Kruger Park: Pack comfortable, neutral-coloured clothing (khaki, green or beige) for your safaris. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are ideal for sun protection and warding off mosquitos. Don’t forget a warm jacket or fleece for early mornings and evenings, especially if you are travelling during the autumn or winter months (these are the best times to travel after all).
  • For Mozambique: Pack light, airy beachwear for those lazy days on the sand. Throw in a hat, sunglasses, and comfortable sandals for walking on the beach.
  • Sun Protection: Pack plenty of sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses for both destinations. The African sun is harsh, even on cloudy days, so be prepared!
  • Binoculars: Make the most of your wildlife viewing experience in the Kruger with a good pair of binoculars. And don’t forget your camera. 

Basic Visa and Border Crossing Information

Visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality, although most will be able to obtain a visa at the border. To be on the safe side, check out Mozambique’s visa policy well in advance and ensure you have the necessary documentation for a smooth border crossing. Alternatively, if you are travelling with an agency, ask them about visa requirements. 

Internal Travel Options

  • Flights: Several regional airlines offer convenient flights between the Kruger Park’s surrounding airports (e.g., Nelspruit and Skukuza) and major Mozambican cities like Maputo or Pemba.
  • Transfers: Many tour operators offer pre-arranged transfers between the Kruger Park and Mozambique, taking the hassle out of navigating unfamiliar terrain.

Currency Exchange and Budgeting

  • Currency: South Africa uses the South African Rand (ZAR) and Mozambique uses the Mozambican Metical (MTn). Plan to exchange your currency before your trip or use ATMs at major airports and towns.
  • Budgeting: Accommodation and activities can vary depending on your chosen locations and preferences. Be sure to factor in park entrance fees, meals, and any additional excursions you plan.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to see the best of both worlds.

Book your Kruger & Mozambique escape with African Travel Concept today and start counting down the days to your adventure!